It's a Whistler Wonderland

It's been a great start to the season having accumulated over 780cms (305 in) of snow, leaving us with a snow base of 238 cms (93in). Thousands of tourists ventured to Whistler to join in the festivites over Christmas and New Years and of course experienced the beauty of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. With over 200 skiable runs filling the 8,171 acers of terrain, skiers and boarders of all levels were able to enjoy the slopes. If you are unsure of where to begin, be sure to join in a complimentary orientation tour leaving at 11:30am every day for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders. The Peak to Peak gondola is still proving to be a major attraction, being the worlds highest and longest lift of its kind. I got to enjoy the amazing views myself last week, definitely one to put on the bucket list.

If you're one of those people who drools over the thought of untouched groomed and fresh powder runs, I highly recommend First Tracks. Be one of few to hop on the gondola an hour before opening time, treat yourself to a gourmet buffet breakfast at Roundhouse Lodge then be one of first to hit the slopes.

Don't feel like skiing or boarding? Why not go for a slide down the tube park, make the choice between dogsledding, snowmobiling or snow shoeing, or choose all three! At the end of the day, nothing beats a wander down the village stroll, where you are faced with countless shops, restaurants and bars. Fireworks light up the sky, while skiers and boarders jump through the ring of fire every Sunday night at the Fire and Ice show.

Upcoming tournaments in Whistler include Snowcross presented by Powerade(22-23rd) and the Kokanee Valley Race Series(27th) which are open to all ages, the Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Masters Race(30th) and if you want to stay off the slopes you can attend the Scrabble tournament for Family Literacy Day(27th). There is also the week long celebration beginning January 30th known as Winter Pride, where a variety of gay ski events take place and welcome one and all.

Keep warm and stay safe...Josh, Whistler Ski Butlers


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